The Texas Republican Platform

Now that CalPundit has put it up for everyone to see [*], I expect all the people who badgered Cruz Bustamante about why he wouldn’t “repudiate” the purported views of a group he belonged to in college twenty years ago will be all over George W. Bush to repudiate the platform passed by the Texas Republican Convention (and made binding on all Texas Republican candidates by a requirement that they read and sign each page) when he was the Republican Governor of Texas.

Kevin has a serious point to make: the people that the Republicans you and I know dismiss as “wingnuts” or “extra-chromosome conservatives” have much more power within the Republican party than their equivalents do within the Democratic Party.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact:

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